On a Mission
Group 1 winner serves carnival warning in trial
GROUP 1 Champagne Stakes winner and the Paul Perry trained THE MISSION returned to the public arena last Wednesday at Gosford barrier trials and although finishing second it was a superb performance.
Carrying blinkers the son of Choisir really extended over the latter stages and 50 metres past the post he was a length in front of Supreme Effort.
Have no doubts The Mission is a top class racehorse and will measure up to the best during the Spring.
The colt is a magnificent specimen and races such as the Golden Rose Caulfield Guineas are his Spring targets.
Ten minutes later Perry produced another smart three-yearold in PERAST.
The son of Snitzel was given a solid hit out and responded in style just as he did at the Newcastle trials a fortnight earlier.
After bolting in a Scone Maiden on debut Perast was sent south and ran creditable third in a Inglis two-year-old At Caulfield early February.
It is likely we may see him appear in the Listed Rosebud on Saturday at Rosehill.
Randwick trainer John Sargent produced two well bred unraced three-year-old winners at the session and the duo look real deal.
MARIA VICTORIA (F Medaglia D’Oro x Zagalia) sat just off the leaders in a 1000m heat and once pulled to the outside by young Adkins filly went crunch. Her turn of hoof was explosive. Despite a high head carriage and racing tad greenly THE DRAKE (G Smart Missile x Garrard) was too strong for his rivals. Once he learns the trade The Drake may develop into a handy type.
By the way the Randwick partnership of Peter and Paul Snowden arrived with a small team with Blake Shinn employed for the morning.
Only one winner FURLANA, a Pierro filly who ran a cracker on debut when second in mid April on a heavy at Warwick Farm. She’ll be scoring in Maiden company soon.
However Team Snowden would have been pleased with their three placegetters at the trials - ROYAL NAVY, ROARING TO WIN and JAWHARA all looking the part. ARTLEE again shone the bright light for the Kris Lees yard in readiness for his comeback run later this month with a soft win over 1000m.
Jockey Aaron Bullock summed it up perfectly when he commented “The horse was only in cruise control”.
A length away in third was stablemate and classy mare SKYLIGHT GLOW and she too is in the zone for her return in a fortnight.
Two horses which finished third and fourth in Heat 6 deserve worthy mentions.
ANOTHER AAN (9/4/1/0) hasn’t got out yet and ART D’AMOUR (6/4/0/0) are very talented gallopers who appear to have returned in fine fettle.
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The Mission was on target in a trial at Gosford last week